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Latest Food Craze: Drinkable Soup from Fawen

Latest Food Craze: Drinkable Soup from Fawen

As a busy mom on-the-go I’m always looking for healthy snacks that I can pack for myself and my kids during whatever adventure we may venture on. While I do love me some fruit and nuts, there’s now another option to add to your ever-growing magic […]

Book Review: Fitter Faster: The Smart Way to Get in Shape in Just Minutes a Day

Book Review: Fitter Faster: The Smart Way to Get in Shape in Just Minutes a Day

Working out is one of those challenges that we are all trying to figure out. We know that we are supposed to work out but the list of excuses (kids, no time, work, and so on) can rule whether we get our sweat in or not. […]

Cookbook Review: Farm-to-Table Desserts: 80 Seasonal, Organic Recipes Made from Your Local Farmers’ Market

Cookbook Review: Farm-to-Table Desserts: 80 Seasonal, Organic Recipes Made from Your Local Farmers’ Market

Farm-to-Table Desserts: 80 Seasonal, Organic Recipes Made from Your Local Farmers’ Market review

As much as we try to do our very best when it comes to eating healthy, we have to admit it: we have a huge sweet tooth! And while we are all about wholesome eats, we still want a treat every now and again, cause, really, life is too short to not have dessert! However, these days even desserts have upped their healthy game where you can now find tons of variations that even include vegetables in your beloved chocolate cake!

To help us learn more about healthier desserts, we’ve been soaking up the delicious goodness from the new cookbook Farm-to-Table Desserts: 80 Seasonal, Organic Recipes Made from Your Local Farmers’ Market. Written by Lei Shishak, an established pastry chef who trained at the CIA in New York and has worked at restaurants in Sun Valley and Los Angeles, the book features a guide to learning how to bake seasonally with a focus on locally sourced, organic ingredients featuring recipes that are better-for-you and the environment!

Featuring more than 80 sweet recipes, divided by season, we loved diving into this resource featuring yummy desserts using fresh and local ingredients, such as stone peach cobbler, fig jam, sweet corn panna cotta, strawberry hand pie, sweet potato cake, blood orange pot de crème, among many others! A clear and concise book, the recipes are also complemented by a gorgeous series of mouth-watering images that will have you longing to create some of  Shishak’s sweet treats. We were certainly inspired after reading this cookbook and tried out a few of the sorbets, including the incredible Navel Orange Rosemary Sorbet.

The cookbook also includes a clear explanation to better understand choosing organic and purchasing produce at your local farmers’ markets that serves as a straight-to-the-point read for anyone curious to learn more, or on the fence about using these type of products.

A must-have read for a home cook, Farm-to-Table Desserts is a fantastic guide for anyone who is looking to eat healthier and better understand how to shop local while still enjoying sweet treats.

Check out Farm-to-Table Desserts on Amazon, or at your local bookstore. 

We were provided with a sample for review. All opinions are our own.

Healthy Start with Grain-Free GrandyOats

Healthy Start with Grain-Free GrandyOats

By now it’s safe to say that most of us have tried granola at some point in our lives. While this isn’t a new food, there are definitely variations of this classic breakfast option that covers a wide-range of choice! Hooray to advances in granola. […]

First Ever Vegan Tri-State VegFest and an Interview with the Founder!

First Ever Vegan Tri-State VegFest and an Interview with the Founder!

We just learned about an incredible vegan event coming to the NYC area with the first-ever Tri-State VegFest! Held at the New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center on Saturday June 17, 2017 from 12-6PM, the Tri-State VegFest is an entirely vegan festival that showcases plant-based […]

Incredible Plant-Based Body Lotion from Kneipp

Incredible Plant-Based Body Lotion from Kneipp

Instant Relief from the Natural Body Lotion from Kneipp

We don’t know about you but as of late our hands and legs have been akin to sandpaper. Since the changing of the seasons and general dryness are definitely not winning combos we have been on the hunt for a body lotion that means business with no yucky chemicals. Enter the Kneipp Relaxing Body Lotion, a lightweight formula that works to provide nourishment and hydration to the skin. Containing plant oils, vitamins A, E and panthenol, this awesome lotion works to help the skin feel really soft and supple. And as bonus, it smells amazing thanks to the relaxing lavender.

Another favorite for our bods is the Kneipp Arnica Joint & Muscle Intensive Cream, a thick cream that contains natural ingredients of the arnica blossom to smooth the skin. Yes, please!

Being an oil-based formula, you don’t need all that much where you can work the cream into your skin, adding as needed. Personally, we love how it works instantly (seriously!), reviving our skin and making it feel soft and supple. Incredibly, this cream can also be used as a base for massages where you can work it into your back or legs, working to ease up any discomfort and stiffness.

And as a product from Kneipp, you can rest assured that the product contains no paraffins, silicons, and mineral oils, and of course, only contains plant-based ingredients. Founded by health and holistic pioneer Sebastian Kneipp in 1891, we are digging these products from Kneipp that work to nourish the body and soul.

For more information on Kneipp, please visit: http://www.kneippus.com/

We were provided samples for review. All opinions are our own.

Garjana: A New Immersive Dance Workout and Fundraiser in NYC

Garjana: A New Immersive Dance Workout and Fundraiser in NYC

Looking for a new way to get moving this year? Then you’ve got to check out the new immersive dance workout called Garjana at their upcoming event in NYC that will raise money for Food Tank, a nonprofit focused on building a global community for safe, healthy, nourished eaters. Held on […]

Awesome New e-Cargo Bike & Bicycle from Sanitov Studio

Awesome New e-Cargo Bike & Bicycle from Sanitov Studio

The start of spring has out and about more often as we soak in those sunshine vibes. This time also inspires us to get involved in more outdoor activities, like biking, and if you’re in the need for a new bicycle we have two cool […]

Natural Beauty Reviews:  Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Kiss Cupuaçu Lip Butter

Natural Beauty Reviews: Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Kiss Cupuaçu Lip Butter

beauty review: Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Kiss Cupuaçu Lip Butter

You could say that we’re obsessed with scoring soft lips, and really, is that so wrong? Who really wants to go around with rough, dry, cracked lips anyhow?! However, not all lip balms are created many are made of ingredients, like Parabens, that we want no where near our lips. But, thankfully, there are tons of cool natural products like our fav lip butter, Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Kiss Cupuaçu Lip Butter.

We’ve been using this light lip butter for a few days now and have to say that we are obsessed! Infused with naturally all-powerful Brazilian extracts, like cupuaçu, açaí, and coconut oil, this balm works to leave your nourished, soft and feeling subtle with a subtle dewy sheen that intensifies your natural lip color.

Awesome for dyness, the Brazilian Kiss Cupuaçu Lip Butter will also leave your lips feeling smooth, condition, and hydrated as it gives off a mild (and mildly additive) Doce de Leite fragrance that we can’t get enough of!

From the creator of Sephora’s top selling bodycare product– the Brazilian Bum Bum Cream – the Sol de Janeiro’s NEW Brazilian Kiss Cupuaçu Lip Butter is one of our new must-haves for spring that we know you’ll love.

Check it out at http://www.sephora.com/brazilian-kiss-cupua-u-lip-butter-P415747

We were provided with a sample for review. All opinions are our own.

Book Review The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth

Book Review The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth

Becoming pregnant is huge life-changing moment in your life. As the understatement of the year, this is your time to nurture your body and growing baby, hopefully taking things easier, eating right and getting enough rest. But this time is also really stressful as you […]


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